The Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 known as the EU CLP regulation aligns the EU system of Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemical Substances and Mixtures with the UN’s GHS (Global Harmonised System). Enforced since 2008, the CLP regulation is undergoing regular “Adaptions to Technical Progress” (ATP) to keep up with scientific and technological development. On a higher level, a major CLP revision will also come on the stage soon but without an exact date, to answer the call of “Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability” [], by bringing new obligations to labelling and e-commerce.

The 21st ATP to the CLP

The Regulation (EU) 2024/197 of 19 October 2023, representing the 21st ATP amending the EU CLP Regulation was published on 5th January 2024. It entered into force on 25th January 2024, however the new classifications will become effective on 1st September 2025. Suppliers may classify, label and package substances and mixtures in accordance with the new classifications before the effective date.

Learn more about this update in our recent post: The 21st ATP to the EU CLP has officially been published []

Key Updates for your informed Decision-Making:

  • 28 New Entries: Stay ahead of evolving risks with new classifications for substances like nonylphenol and bisphenol AF.
  • 24 Reclassified Entries: Reassess existing chemical profiles, as familiar classifications may have changed, such as stricter inhalation toxicity for ethyl acrylate.
  • 13 substances classified as CMR 1B: including dibutyltin maleate, dibutyltin oxide, bisphenol AF, N,N-dimethyl-p-toluidine, 4-nitrosomorpholine, 4-methylimidazole, etc.

The EU CLP Revision

Following the Trilogue Discussions, the proposed EU CLP updated text has now been agreed and published, the CLP revision seems to be just around the corner. Currently in draft, the CLP Revision focuses on bringing the CLP up to speed with globalisation and growth of e-commerce, as well as adjusting the requirements to resolve issues identified through the reviews, comments, and enforcement actions.

Learn more about this update in our recent post: EU CLP Regulation revision – provisional agreed text published []

Key Updates to Expect:

  •  Label Changes: Ensure comprehensive compliance with updated labelling within 6-18 months of the classification change; and adhere to new packaging requirements, including font size specifications, fold-out label options, and digital labelling limitations.
  • Revised Online Sales Regulations: Adapt your online strategy to present accurate labelling information and avoid potential legal repercussions from misleading advertisements.

How Can H2 Help?

H2 Compliance understands the complexities of navigating these changes and is committed to helping your business achieve and maintain compliance. Our team of seasoned regulatory experts have experience with and a comprehensive understanding of the CLP adaptation and revision. We offer a tailored suite of services to help you:

  • Expert SDS authoring and label preparation: Ensure accurate and compliant Safety Data Sheets and labels [] reflecting the latest classifications for all your chemicals.
  • Strategic Compliance Consulting: Gain personalized guidance on navigating the revised CLP landscape, including classification, notification, and registration procedures.
  • Data-Driven Approach: We leverage the latest regulatory intelligence and scientific insights to provide informed recommendations of your products.

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Published: January 29, 2024